Have we sold enough sows?

I have been making the circuit of state pork shows and meetings in the past month (IA, MN, VA and OH so far). In visiting with feed company and other allied industry representatives, I am getting many reports of empty finishing barns and frantic interest by some in sourcing pigs to fill sites. However, SEW and feeder pig prices as reported every Friday in the USDA feeder pig market report (www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/NW_LS255.txt) don’t indicate such a frenzy. Read More...

2007 Census of Ag

On Wednesday, February 4, the USDA released the 2007 Census of Agriculture (http://www.agcensus.usda.gov). This census gives us a very detailed look at the structure of America’s production agriculture base. Included in the census are details regarding on-farm inventories on December 31, 2007 and sales during the 2007 calendar year. Read More...